This is a huge game on Saturday afternoon for both of these as they look to climb back into the race for qualification to the World Cup. Both teams still have a chance of qualifying, although they are behind the top two Serbia and Republic of Ireland right now and they need a win to make ground.
With both teams desperate for the three points, and with qualification coming to an end, this game should be a great game for the fans to watch, with both teams sure to give it their all. The World Cup Qualifying Group D is one of the closest groups right now, although after the weekend one or both of these could be out of contention, missing out on a trip to Russia next year.
Wales only have themselves to blame for the position they are in, failing to win games they should have. They have drawn their last five games in qualification, giving them one win and five draws from their six games.
The three away draws were good, but the two home draws, especially the game against Moldova, look like costing them the chance to play in the 2018 World Cup. Being difficult to beat is good, but Wales really need to find a way to win games, and they must start now even though it may be too late for them.
Wales are four points behind the two leaders Serbia and Republic of Ireland, and they are level with their opponents Austria. With Serbia and Republic of Ireland both having winnable games, whoever loses this game will be seven points behind if the leaders win, and firmly out of the running.
Like Wales, Austria will know that they have put themselves in the position they are in thanks to their poor home form. Austria have picked up just one win from their three home games, which game against Moldova and they have failed to land three points against either of their rivals Wales or Republic of Ireland.
With two home games to come for Austria after this trip to Wales, something from here would give them a chance of qualifying, if they could improve at home. However, a defeat in Wales would mean they would find things tough, even if they did pick up maximum points from their remaining home games.
Austria are four points behind Serbia and Republic of Ireland and they can’t afford for that gap to grow. This trip to Wales is going to be tough for them, but anything other than a win will likely leave them six or seven points behind the leaders, a gap that is too big to close over the final three games.
Wales will as ever rely on their star man Gareth Bale to provide them with a spark. Elsewhere, Sam Vokes has started the season well for Burnley and he will be looking to add to his international tally coming into the game in good form.
For Austria, look out for striker Marc Janko, he knows how to finish and with Marko Arnautovic behind him offering creativity, he is sure to get chances off his team mate.
Top Betting Tips
This games is a huge game for both teams and if one of them or both fail to take home three points then they are out of the qualification race, assuming the top two win like they should. Both Serbia and Republic of Ireland have fairly easy games and with the table as tight as it is, I am expecting to see both of them pick up three points this weekend.
Should the game end in a draw here then it would put both teams six points behind the two leaders, again assuming they win, and that is a bridge too far for them with just three games to go, so a draw would suit neither club. That means both teams have to go out and win the game, which slightly favours the home team, who are sure to be backed by a very vocal Welsh crowd.
I am going to back Wales to win the game and snap their long drawing streak. They are available to back at 5/4 with Betfred and William Hill and in a must win game for them, that offers good value. This is a huge game for both clubs, I am backing Wales to keep their qualification hopes alive with a win in this one. (odds from www.online-betting.org)